This year has been one where experiences of various kinds have been constantly cranking up my consciousness. All of it has served the purpose of helping me to grasp more completely what I have striven to explain in the last few posts about ‘Humanity is our Business,’ so I won’t rehash the content all over again.
There was the amazing conference in London at the beginning of the year. There have been several seminars — in London, Caerphilly and Manchester — where we have all been striving to get our heads round the full significance of what we are doing. There has been a summer school where I attempted to convey my understanding of it all. And there have been occasions where I have tried to express my understanding in action.
All of this has shown me clearly that there are many levels of understanding and it’s important to know which one(s) we have reached.
For instance, at the first seminar I attended I really felt I ‘got’ it. But I found I couldn’t hold onto it even though I tried to ‘fix’ what I had learnt in a post I wrote at the time.
Then I reached a stage where I understood it well enough to start explaining it to other people: I’d got the words at least.
After that, and it’s about where I’m at at the moment, I can explain most of it fairly well, I think, but I can only act on that understanding some of the time – the music comes and goes.
I feel that the ultimate destination is being able to live in the reality that understanding entails and be in it all the time so that everything I do is imbued with its fragrance, resonant with its melody.
I know what that state feels like because I experienced it vividly for a period of hours after the last seminar I attended in Manchester. Two days of intense interaction with people who were all exerting themselves to pool their understandings so that we could all rise to a higher level of consciousness got me there, and the energy and insights created kept me there for quite a while until the routines of my ordinary life saw this clarity of vision fade to far more muted colours, still helpful but not so intense.
Action helps. For instance, just yesterday in Hereford we were graced with the presence and assistance of four radiant youth who spent the day in town talking to anyone who would listen, engaged intensely in spreading the fragrance of this world-enhancing vision. The hope is to touch hearts who will then act on the insights that have been conveyed and take a step, however small, to mending their part of the world. Just to participate in a small way in the inspiring audacity of these young people and support them as best we could, has helped us grasp and consolidate in our hearts a stronger sense of this divinely-inspired purpose. Their involvement lifted our devotional meeting yesterday evening to an altogether higher level.
All I have to learn now is to hold onto the vision, keep the colours fresh and paint the world we live in with them. No big deal then!